Tree planting eyed mandatory

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:13 p.m.

TREE planting must not be a prerequisite to the issuance of marriage certificate nor a requirement for graduation.

These concerns were raised during the public hearing of the proposed Environment Code of Baguio City held Wednesday.

SNAP meets stakeholders

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:07 p.m.

SN Aboitiz Benguet gathered stakeholders to re-affirm their commitments.

Benguet government officials, indigenous peoples' groups were invited for SN Aboitiz Power-Benguet’s annual stakeholders’ forum, August 11.

Mayor cites better garbage collection

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:05 p.m.

THE increase in garbage in the Summer Capital might just be a result of an improved garbage collection system.

Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan told media the increase in tipping and hauling fees paid to the Urdaneta City sanitary landfill may be due to the increased volume of garbage collected.

BCPO asks CBD business groups to install CCTVs

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 09:55 p.m.

SOLVING crimes in the Central Business District (CBD) could be done faster if business establishments installed their own CCTVs and allow the Philippine National Police (PNP) to monitor one 24/7, said Police Superintendent Laureano Alexis Marinas.

In a meeting with the Burnham Park Fencing Committee last Thursday, Marinas told the group that the CCTVs have contributed to the solution of crimes and traffic monitoring since the installation.

Baguio council pleas for ceded South Drive village hall

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 09:48 p.m.

THE Baguio City Council appealed to President Benigno Aquino III to reconsider his decision practically ceding a lot occupied by the South Drive barangay hall to a private individual.

The President in a decision dated July 14, 2014 on OP Case No. 11-8-057, affirmed the decision of former Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Jose Atienza Jr. issued in 2004, which denied the appeal filed by the South Drive barangay officials against Alonzo Lumacas over the lot where the barangay hall is located.

Apugan folk opposes waste facility

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 09:42 p.m.

APUGAN folk expressed opposition on the proposed integrated solid waste management system of Baguio City.

During the public consultation held August 20, villagers strongly opposed the plan for fears their properties will be compromised.

Minors rescued in Abatan bar

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 09:34 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Two minors were rescued by agents of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in a bar in Buguias.

CIDG-North Central Luzon team led by Marcelino Ebil conducted the rescue operations in Gen's Bar in Abatan, Buiguias, rescuing two minors who have been forced to work in the place against their will.

Illegal loggers nabbed

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 09:30 p.m.

AUTHORITIES arrested recently illegal loggers in Mankayan, Benguet.

The arrest was made through tips from Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) informing the police in the ongoing illegal logging activities at Sitio Li-atan, Guinaoang.

NCCA opens submission for project proposals

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 09:22 p.m.

THE National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is calling individuals and organizations with culture related projects to submit project proposals for its Competitive Grants Program for 2015.

The NCCA Competitive Grants Program is an annual program through the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts (NEFCA), which provides financial support to individuals and organizations committed in reviving, strengthening and promoting the Philippine culture and arts subject to proposals which are aligned with the priority projects defined by NCCA.

DOST scholarship application deadline Friday

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 09:17 p.m.

THE Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is now calling highs school students to enlist in their scholarship program for 2015-16 who wish to pursue careers in the Basic and Applied Science, and Engineering courses.

The scholarship, according to DOST Assistant Regional Director Nancy Bantog, is open to all graduating students provided they pass the examination to be administered by the department.

Decline in crime incidents reported

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 09:12 p.m.

AUTHORITIES have noted a decrease of crime incidents in the City after the implementation of the Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS) in April this year.

Station 7 commander Police Superintendent Freddie Lazona said crime incidents dipped to 30 percent, which is attributed to the use of the Geographical Information System as part of PIPS.

Hauling expenses rise

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 11:21 p.m.

THE sudden increase in the amount of garbage disposed to the Urdaneta City sanitary landfill has alarmed the Baguio City council.

During Monday’s regular session of the city council, councilor Peter Fianza brought up the issue regarding the increased fees paid by the city government for the disposal of garbage to Urdaneta City.

DA allays fear on Agri Pinoy

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 11:17 p.m.

DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) regional director Marylyn Sta. Catalina assures the AgriPinoy Center will benefit the province.

Catalina said the fear and apprehension of Governor Nestor Fongwan regarding the AgriPinoy Center is valid but assured all issues will be taken up once a meeting is set with province stakeholders adding, "I understand the sentiments of the governor."

Coop assures enough power in 2015

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 11:13 p.m.

BENGUET Electric Cooperative assured member consumers the power coop will not be affected by the forecasted power crisis in 2015.

Beneco legal counsel Delmar Cariño highlighted in an energy seminar although it is inevitable to have power interruption because of maintenance, Beneco is ensured of a 24/7 supply from Team Energy.

Mountain top library eyed in Ifguao village

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 11:09 p.m.

BERDENG Karunungan is asking for more books for children of the mountains.

Berdeng Karunungan founder Dhobie De Guzman is gathering books for a mountain top library in Ifugao.

Waste facility eyed in Apugan

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 01:35 a.m.

THE City Government of Baguio is determined to establish an integrated solid waste management system (ISWMS) in Apugan, Sto. Tomas.

Aiming to get the support of the community in Apugan, officials, along with the technical working group for the ISWMS, are set to conduct a perimeter survey and consultation with residents in the area today, August 20.

Fongwan pushes for PNP retraining

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 01:34 a.m.

La Trinidad, Benguet – Governor Nestor Fongwan is pushing for a retraining of policemen here to prevent future crimes.

Recently, three cops were relieved after the gruesome killing of two civilians during a shooting spree near the Provincial Capitol.

DENR denies BCDA patent application

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 01:34 a.m.

BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan recently lauded the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Cordillera for taking the cudgels for the city government in denying the application of the Bases Conversion Development Authority for special patent over Camp John Hay.

“We are very thankful to DENR-CAR Regional Executive Director Paquito Moreno Jr. for taking the lead to inform the Land Management Bureau of these conditionalities and these conditionalities should not be violated and instead should be complied with,” he said.

NCCA meets Ifugao folk to resolve road projects

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 01:33 a.m.

THE National Commission for Culture and the Arts will gather stakeholders in Ifugao to settle road projects along the terraces.

NCCA legal counsel Trixie Cruz said the aim of the meeting is to establish a consensus among affected towns as well as the sentiments of the people affected by the raodworks in Mayoyao, Hungduan, Kiangan, and Banaue.

Baguio female inmates increase

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 01:33 a.m.

THE number of inmates in the Baguio City Jail Female Dorm has increased. City jail female dorm chief inspector Mary Ann Tresmanio reported a 9-percent increase in the number of inmates as of July from 629 females jailed last year at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology facility.

Data include 85 percent who were freed, 2 percent who were transferred to Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) and 1 percent Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) that were transferred to rehabilitation center in Marilac Hills in Alabang, Muntinlupa.

Baguio still top tourist drawer in CAR

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 01:32 a.m.

THE SUMMER capital remains the top tourist drawer in the Cordillera Administrative Region and one of the most favorite destinations for both local and foreign tourists in the country.

Statistics from the City Tourism Office show around 843, 473 tourists, both local and foreign, visited Baguio in 2013 compared to 617, 079 recorded in 2012.

AgriPinoy partners meeting eyed

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:56 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Governor Nestor Fongwan is set to convene the technical working group of the AgriPinoy Center here in a bid to clarify issues.

Fongwan said the group has urged him to convene all stakeholders for a meeting to clarify the role of the province in the operation of the center.

Youth commission: Society plays role in teen behavior

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:55 p.m.

TEENAGERS are not the only ones to blame for their aggressive behavior but the whole society.

National Youth Commissioner (NYC) Perci Cendana said it is unfair to blame teenagers for the consequences of their risky behavior such as teenage pregnancy and crime involvement.

Lozano to be featured in Manila show

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:55 p.m.

TAM-AWAN Village Artist Art Lozano is set for a one-man show in Manila.

Lozano will feature 13 of his latest works at the Renaissance Art Gallery in SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. It will be the first solo show of artists outside the region.

Cultural tourism thrives in Baguio

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:54 p.m.

CULTURAL tourism remains a big asset of the Summer Capital.

Baguio's culture, according to Mayor Mauricio Domogan, has been the fruit of different cultural heritage of ethnic groups living in the city.

Fake pharma dealer nabbed

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:54 p.m.

COUNTER-NARCOTICS agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), together with the Philippine National Police (PNP), arrested on August 13 an unlicensed pharmaceutical distributor in a buy-bust operation at Tacay Road, Quezon Hill.

Philex awaits MGB

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 11:15 p.m.

PHILEX Mining Corporation said its major projects and programs will not proceed as long as there is no clearance from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB).

The Pollution Adjudication Board (PAB) earlier lifted the cease and desist order issued to Philex, allowing them to operate.

Model for solid waste facility eyed

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 11:14 p.m.

MAYOR Mauricio Domogan is positive Baguio City will soon have a quality integrated solid waste management system. The mayor said he hopes to adopt a material recovery facility in Hesperia City, California as a component of the planned solid waste management system in Sto. Tomas.

"The plant integrates a very advanced technology that will surely change how we perceive waste disposal," said Domogan, who recently went to the United States.

La Trinidad open to any waste solutions

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 11:13 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Vice Mayor Romeo Salda said the legislative team will be open but cautious on deciding what technology to use to solve the garbage problem here.

Salda said they are open to "all options" even as the municipal council passed a resolution expressing interest in the latest technology.

Beneco: Sitio electrification now at 85%

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 11:12 p.m.

BENGUET Electric Cooperative (Beneco) remains committed in the electrification of the whole Benguet including Baguio City.

In a recent media forum, Engineering Department Manager Melchor Licoben reported 85 percent of the Sitio Electrification Program has been completed.

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